Quebec- Canada (PANA) -- Heads of state and governments attending the 12th Summit of the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) here Saturday began discussing, in a close session, the international situation, hallmarked by a global financial crisis.
The summit opened formally on Friday evening in the presence of the United Nations Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon.
It is expected to examine Thailand and Latvia's application for membership, before holding thematic sessions on peace, democracy, governance and economic solidarity.
For the first time in the history of the OIF summits, Heads of State and government of 68 member states and governments as well as observers will participate in the various thematic round tables.
"It is the best way to deal directly with issues.
We want concrete achievements to come out of these round tables," Jean Charest, Prime Minister of Quebec, said at the opening of the Summit.
The Quebec Summit, holding against the backdrop of a global financial crisis, will close on Sunday with the adoption of a declaration expressing the Francophonie's position on major issues.
The document will also specify the date and venue of the 13th Summit.